According to Reuters, the flag was taken down followed by a some protestors burning it (while others objected to doing so). About 20 protesters climbed atop the embassy wall while about 2,000 others congregated outside. Many voiced their opposition to the film they said is offensive:
“This movie must be banned immediately and an apology should be made,” said 19-year-old Ismail Mahmoud, a member of the so-called “ultras” soccer supporters who played a big role in the uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak last year.
He called on President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first civilian president and an Islamist, to take action, without giving details of the film that angered him or other protesters.
Rafik Farouk, 38, an Egyptian Christian, also took part. “I am here because I am Egyptian and reject anything that insults Islam or anything that sparks division in Egypt,” he said.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland responded, saying, “We are obviously working with Egyptian security to try to restore order at the embassy and to work with them to try to get the situation under control.”
The BBC report below:
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